Curvilinear motion in the absence of external forces: Naïve beliefs about the motion of objects

Michael McCloskey, Alfonso Caramazza, Bert Green

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Abstract

University students were asked to draw the path a moving object would follow in several different situations. Over half of the students, including many who had taken physics courses, evidenced striking misconceptions about the motion of objects. In particular, many students believed that even in the absence of external forces, objects would move in curved paths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1141
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume210
Issue number4474
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980

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